God Planned It for Good
During the last session of In the Beginning, kids will hear the story of Joseph and his brothers in Egypt—their reunion, the revelation of Joseph’s identity, and Joseph’s mercy toward his brothers after all those years. Read Joseph’s words to his brothers in Genesis 45:4-8.
Later, when Jacob died, Joseph’s brothers were afraid. What if Joseph changed his mind now that their father was dead? What if he would finally repay them for all the suffering they brought him?
Joseph’s brothers asked for forgiveness, and Joseph cried. He said to them, “You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result—the survival of many people” (Gen. 50:20).
The Christ Connection for this session points forward to another act of evil—one that God also planned for good to bring about the salvation of many people.
As you teach kids, consider using the following verses to reinforce the Christ Connection:
The kings of the earth took their stand
and the rulers assembled together
against the Lord and against His Messiah.
“For, in fact, in this city both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, assembled together against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, to do whatever Your hand and Your plan had predestined to take place.”
Yet the Lord was pleased to crush Him severely.
When You make Him a restitution offering,
He will see His seed, He will prolong His days,
and by His hand, the Lord’s pleasure will be accomplished.
Though He was delivered up according to God’s determined plan and foreknowledge, you used lawless people to nail Him to a cross and kill Him.
The death of Jesus was an evil act carried out by people who accused Jesus of blasphemy and mocked Him. The disciples must have been devastated. What good is a dead Savior? What hope was there for them?
But the story wasn’t over. God was at work, and it was through Christ’s death that salvation came into the world. God sovereignly orchestrated these events to bring about His gracious purpose of redemption. The sinless Savior took the punishment on Himself and made atonement for sin. And God was satisfied. God raised Him up on the third day and Jesus, our Redeemer, lives.